In the wake of two former GOP senators being murdered this week within days of each other, one who worked against human trafficking in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham died on Friday evening. His cause of death is unknown.
On Saturday, Clinton tweeted, “We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.”
We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2019
Not much else is known surrounding his death nor do I suspect we will have much else coming to light regarding his passing.
CBS reported on Rodham’s history.
Rodham, who was born in 1954, was the third child of Dorothy and Hugh Rodham. He held a variety of jobs over the years, including as prison guard, insurance salesman, repo man, private detective and business investor, according to the Associated Press. He attended Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Arkansas, but never graduated.
Rodham told Time magazine in 1999 that being the brother-in-law of the most powerful man in the world “can go both ways.”
“There’s some wonderful things that have happened to me because of my relationship with Hillary and Bill, and there’s been some really terrible things that have happened to me,” Rodham told the magazine.
After Bill Clinton’s election, Rodham worked as a field organizer for the Democratic National Committee and he even got married at the White House to former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s daughter, Nicole Boxer. They later divorced.
But he and Clinton’s other brother, Hugh, also became known as a what Politico called “problem siblings.” The White House publicly rebuked them in 1999 for their business venture in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. A Department of Homeland Security watchdog report detailed concerns about Rodham and Terry McAuliffe pushing the federal agency for visa approvals while Clinton was Secretary of State, according to Politico.
“If in fact this project is still going forward, we don’t approve and will continue to make clear to Georgian officials that this venture has no connection with or sanction from the U.S. government,” White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said at the time.
ABC 7 added, “Rodham later helped on his sister’s 2008 presidential campaign. But she ultimately ended that bid for the Democratic Party nomination and threw her support to eventual President Barack Obama.”
I’m not going to say what everyone reading this is thinking, but yeah, I’m thinking it too.
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